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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Arts & Enterta inm ent Friday, February 25, 1977 Pge Five

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COMIC BUMMER:

Dick and

Jane

flunk

By DAVID KEEPS while counting the profits of Which is really a pity, be-
EE DICK. See Jane. See their latest heist. cause the concept of bringing
S thse sereoypedstor- ;these reading - primer charm-
these stereotyped story- Then things go from bad to ers to life is rife with comic
bookhcharacters, all grown-up worse, as Dick and Jane devise possibilities. But the authors
and hopelessly mired in middleI a totally improbable scheme for have copped out, trying to make
class catastrophies in a luke- ripping-off Taft Aerospace. At Dick and Jane victims of s-
warm comedy called Fun with this point, Dick and Jane, who ciek tn re is it,
Dick and Jane, now playing at are essentially losers, become and finally corrupt policy-mak-
the Michigan Theatre. magically transformed into ers in it. The end result is that
George Segal plays Dick, an Bonnie and Clyde - like folk Dick and Jane come off totally
aerospace executive who has heroestand a potentially funny unbelievable and unsympathetic.
just been canned by his boozy domestic comedy becomes an
boss (Ed McMahon) at Taft unsophisticated cast of wish ful- But, if you love slapstick and
Aerospace. Jane, played by fillment. , don't mind indulging in some-
Jane Fonda, is his hapless, but one else's fantastic idea of a
Jaeo dau is h hals bt In a movie like this, cinema- socially relevant comedy, you
resourceful wife, who vowsto tography, editing and music be- might find Fun with Dick and
ggcut back on ek the budget in for ss fore- come instantly forgettable, sup-1 Jane appealing. Admittedly,
going steaks and skiing lessons. erfluous casualties in the strug- there are some fnnny moments
But they have bigger prob- gle for laughs. Both Fonda and and side - splitting laughs, but
lems. Neither can balance the Segal fight admirably, supply- the whole affair eventually gets,
' family checkbook. Jane takes a ing their own brands of un- to be a pain.
job and loses it on the first day, 1 deniable charm, in spite of the -
while Dick gets shafted by the contrived situations they are
food stamps and unemployment forced into. ' "
investigators. BUT NO MATTER how
DICK AND JANE, and, un-I charming and attractive the
fortunately, the screenwriters co-stars are - and they are CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
don't know what to do next. tempting motivations for see-t
Dick and Jane resort to klutzy ing the picture - the story re- According to the current is-
crime capers, the screenwrit- mains an unsubstantial com- sue of Rolling Stone Magazine,
ers to obscene slapstick - in- mentary on American life, nei- Crosby, Stills and Nash are back
eluding an scene in which Jane ther a satire nor a rollicking together again. They're current-
cluingan cen inwhih Jnefarce. Fun with Dick and Jane l nMaircriga l
takes on on-screen potty break is simply a piece of fluff that:ly Miami recording an al-
-- - ---- --capitalizes on our so-called ene- bum to be titled Jigsaw Puzzle.
.-.l my, bureaucracy, and uses it Rolling Stone says the group is
1/tt e as a stage on which life is planning a spring tour that will
etine b
played out as a series of prat- start in Houston as a benefit
- falls and bellyflops. concert for Jacques Cousteau.

Cinema Weekend
Friday-The Damned (Aud. A., Angell, 7 & 9:30); The
Smallest Show on Earth (MLB 4, 7); Lolita (MLB 4, 8:4,);
Coconuts (MLB 3, 7) Monkey Business (MLB 3, 8:45);
Horsefeathers (MLB 3,10:30); Westworld (Couzens Cafe, S
& 10) Catch 22 (Nat. Sci., 7 & 9:45); SamuraiPart 11 (Old
Arch Aud., 7) The Left Handed Gun (Old Arch Aud., 9:30).
Saturday - Andy Warhol's Dracula (Nat. Sci., 7 & 9);
Godfather Part II (Old Arch Aud., 7 & 10); Westworld
(Couzens Cafe, 8 & 10); The Conversation Piece (Aud. A.,
Angell, 7 & 9); Women in Love (MLB 3, 7 & 9:30), Twon.
tieth Century (MLB 4 7 & 10:30); Monkey Business (MLB
4, 8:45).
Sunday-Ossesione (MLB 4, 7); Senso (MLV 4, 9:15);
Gods of the Plague (Aud. A., Angell, 7 & 9); Edvard Much
(Old Arch Aud., 7:30); Tunnelvision (Nat. Sci., 7, 8:30 & 10).
All Weekend-A Star is Born, The Cassandra Crossing,
Twilight's Last Gleaming, The Pink Panther Strikes Agxit:
The Movies, Briarwood (769-8783); The Sentinel: pox Vil-
lage (769-1300); Network: State (662-5296); Fun with Dick
and Jane: Michigan (668-8480); Wizards: Campus (668-
6098); Rocky: Fifth Forum (761-9700).
197T6"9TT
FIFTH PROGRAM

1AR Photo
You oughtta be in pictures!'
Actually, underground film-maker Andy Warhol - who has produced such sleazy epics as
Trash, Heat and Blood for Dracula, isn't recruiting new talent in this picture. He is merely
polishing off a bit of smoked salmon at a luncheon to promote a museum in Norfolk, Va.
Sick sensational sm snks '

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By PETER HILL the landlord tells her that sheE
TUHE SENTINEL - a gory, and a blind priest are the only;
modern Gothic tale now play- occupants of the building. As a
ing at the Fox Village Theater matter of fact, the landlord
- has little to offer even the says, the priest never leaves his
most bloodthirsty filmgoer. Like window facing the street, hes
its predecessors, The Exorcist ji'st sits in there as though he's1
and Night of the Living Dead, looking out at someone or some--
this picture is often embarras thing.
sing or down-right funny when WITH THE HELP of her boy-3
it's supposed tobeterrifyin is riend, Michael (John Carradine)
Christina Raine~s stars in this; Alison' finds out that the party-1
demon-filled flick as Alison, a goers are eight dead murder-
high fashion model who suffers ers, each of whom had attempt-
through some pretty lurid ex- ed suicide at one time. Highly
periences in a spooky old apart-| confused, she decides to con-
ment building in Brooklyn. Ap-. fess to the neighborhood priest.
parently, Alison was chosen byI Her sins, at this time, are adul-
Satan to become one of his wor- tery, two suicide attempts and
shippers and help recruit new1 a rejection of Christ - evident-
followers. Her indoctrination is ly natural occurrences as far
to occur in an apartment she as the devil is concerned.
has just 'rented in the building, The scenes that follow and
an atmospheric setting to say lead to the inevitably bloody
the least, even if it is reminis- conclusion are haphazardly put
cent of Rosemary's Baby. together, with no real purpose
On the night Alison moves into other than to scare the viewer.
her new apartment, she is treat- Sensationalism is the keynote
ed to a party in her honor, in poorly constructed scenes like
thrown by several other apart-: the one that features Sylvia!
meat tenants. But the next day Miles and other nude demons
Health and Healing Energy
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BOB THORSON
Friday, February 25th,
8 p.m. herb tea 8:30 workshop begins
Canterbury House
218 N. DIVISION STREET
Comner of Catherine and Division

eating the flesh of a mutilated, the admirable support of suchi
corpse. stars as Burgess Meredith and
Despite a poorly written plot, Ava Gardner does not help ele-'
and gross, but not scary blood- vate the picture and the end
lusting, most of the actors mud- result is a film that you could
die through this badly directed only recommend to your kid
picture commendably. But even brother.

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